CISA-DT

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CISA-DT
CISA Logo
Lethbridge, Alberta
Branding Global Lethbridge (general)
Global News (newscasts)
Channels Digital: 7 (VHF)
Virtual: 7.1 (PSIP)
Translators see below
Affiliations Global (secondary, 1988–2000; primary, 2000–present)
Owner Shaw Media
(Shaw Television Limited Partnership)
First air date November 20, 1955
Call letters' meaning Canadian
Independent
Southern
Alberta
Sister station(s) CICT-DT
Former callsigns CJLH-TV (1955–1972)
CJOC-TV (1972–1976)
CFAC-TV-7 (1977–1990)
CISA-TV (1990–2011)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
7 (VHF, 1955–2011)
Former affiliations CBC (1955–1975)
independent (1976–2000)
Transmitter power 19.7 kW
Height 201.4 m
Transmitter coordinates 49°46′47″N 112°52′18″W / 49.77972°N 112.87167°W / 49.77972; -112.87167
Website Global Lethbridge

CISA-DT, VHF channel 7, is a Global owned-and-operated television station located in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. The station is owned by Shaw Media. CISA's studios are located on 28 Street and 14 Avenue North on the northeastern side of Lethbridge, and its transmitter is located near Highway 25 and Range Road 221, just outside the city. This station can also be seen on Shaw Cable (corporate sister through parent company Shaw Communications) channel 5 and in high definition on digital channel 211.

The station carries the full Global lineup, and its schedule is almost identical to that of sister station CICT-DT in Calgary; CISA's master control is also based out of CICT, along with the remainder of Shaw's television stations. It is the second-smallest station that is part of the Global network (behind only fellow sister station CJBN-TV in Kenora, Ontario) and is the only standalone commercial station in southern Alberta.

History[edit]

CJLH-TV[edit]

The station first signed on the air on November 20, 1955 as CJLH-TV, broadcasting on VHF channel 7 from a 167,000-watt transmitter atop a 638-foot tower located at what was the city limits of Lethbridge. The station was a joint venture between local radio station CJOC (the "CJ" in the call sign) and the Lethbridge Herald (the "LH"). It was managed by CJOC's owners, Taylor Pearson & Carson, and began life as an affiliate of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's (CBC) television network. Network programs on kinescope arrived within a few days to a week after they went to air live in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, or the U.S. networks. Three months after CJLH went to air, measurement services showed that the station had a potential audience of 9,400 homes, but within a year, that grew to 19,200, and of those, 16,000 had bought television sets. At the time, CJLH was the only station in the Lethbridge area.

Local programming at the time included: local newscasts; Channel 7 Spotlight, showcasing area talent; Remember When, a series of programs hosted by Harry Baalim using slides, pictures and relics to tell the history of Southern Alberta; and Home Gardener, featuring many experts in the field demonstrating proper horticultural technique. These programs (along with several others) earned the station many awards, including seven Liberty Magazine awards in the 1950s and 1960s.

In 1958, the Eastern Time problem the station had in relation to networked programming was eliminated when it was connected to the CBC network and its Calgary time-delay centre. The problem still existed for live sports events, such as hockey and CFL football telecasts. In 1961, CJLH expanded into the Crowsnest Pass area, by opening a repeater station at Burmis on channel 3. An application from CFCN-TV in Calgary to open a repeater station in Lethbridge was unsuccessful in getting CRTC approval that year.

However, a year later in 1968, an agreement was reached between CFCN and CJLH to share space on the CJLH tower and building for technical equipment. On September 3, CFCN went on the air with a repeater station on channel 13. That same year, the station's first 2-inch black and white videotape recorder was installed, and a repeater in Brooks began operations, transmitting at low power on VHF channel 3.

CJOC-TV[edit]

In 1970, program production was increased significantly when CJLH became a two-camera operation. Two years later, the Herald sold its stake in the station to Selkirk Communications (as Taylor Pearson & Carson had been renamed in 1959), who changed its call sign to CJOC-TV to match the radio station. It became a semi-satellite of co-owned CFAC-TV in Calgary (now CICT-DT).[1] and continued local production with shows such as Time Out, Ski Reports, Our Town, Sunday Hour, Thought for the Day, Focus on University, College Campus and numerous specials. In 1974, CJOC went full colour with two colour cameras and three colour 1" VTRs. CFCN moved out of the CJOC building and into its own during that same year.

CFAC-TV[edit]

On September 1, 1975, CFAC disaffiliated from the CBC and became an independent station when CBC Television put its own station, CBRT (channel 9), on the air. On the same day, CJOC also disaffiliated from the CBC,[2] and in 1976, switched to the callsign CFAC-TV-7. Despite its rebroadcaster-like callsign, it was still licensed as a full-fledged station. The station took on the same branding as CFAC in Calgary, known as "2&7 Lethbridge Television". In 1979, the station increased its transmitter power to 167,000 watts. In 1988, it added a satellite dish to get video news feeds from Global Television, and also began carrying some of Global's entertainment programming along with its Calgary sister.

Local programming continued to play an important role at the station, with successful shows such as: Sky West, which was syndicated to CHCH-TV Hamilton, BCTV Vancouver and CFCF-TV Montreal, and was also judged best syndicated show in the country at the time; We Won’t Let Him Die, which won the CanPro Founders award in 1983; and Kids Belong Together (1990) and Key to Literacy (1992), both shows won the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Gold Ribbon Award for community involvement.

CISA-TV[edit]

CISA-TV's last independent logo, before gaining the Global affiliation

In 1989, Selkirk Communications merged with Maclean Hunter, who immediately sold most of Selkirk's television holdings, including CFAC-TV-7, to Western International Communications. One year later, WIC changed the station's calls to the current CISA-TV. Through the years, CISA's commitment to local programming has continued to reap both industry awards, making it one of the country's most awarded stations, and audience numbers in its local area.

CISA-TV's first Global logo, used from 2000 to 2006

In 1998, the Griffiths family sold WIC's assets to Shaw Communications and Canwest. In 1999, agreements were lodged with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to split WIC assets between Canwest, Corus Radio and Shaw. The CRTC approved the purchase in 2000: WIC Television was sold to Canwest, and CISA-TV became a full-time Global Television Network station under the brand "Global Lethbridge" on September 4 that year. CISA was the last Global station to have its website integrated into the canada.com network.

Programming[edit]

Since 1970, CISA's non-news schedule has been identical to that of CICT. Both stations air Global programming on the same schedule as CITV in Edmonton.

News operation[edit]

CISA-DT presently broadcasts 9½ hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with 7½ hours on weekdays, and 4½ hours each on Saturdays and Sundays); in regards to the number of hours devoted to news programming, it is the lowest local newscast output out of Global's news-producing owned-and-operated stations. The station produces newscasts originating from Lethbridge each weeknight at 6 p.m. (titled News Hour) and 11 p.m. (titled News Final). On weekends, the station's newscasts air at 6 p.m. (titled Evening News) and 11 p.m. (titled News Final). The station also simulcasts the weekday morning, noon, and 5 p.m. newscasts from Calgary sister station CICT-DT. On September 10, 2008, news production for CISA shifted from Lethbridge to Calgary, with the addition of a new virtual set.

A revamp of the station's operations was announced on May 28, 2014 with the addition of a local 5 p.m. newscast (titled Early News), a revamped half-hour 6 p.m. newscast (titled Evening News) and the cancellation of the weekend newscasts. The changes will come into effect in summer 2014.

On-air staff[edit]

Current on-air staff[3][4][edit]

+ denotes CICT-TV personnel
Anchors

  • + Scott Fee - Morning News (weekday mornings from 5:30-9 a.m.) and Noon News Hour (weekdays at noon)
  • + Susanne Fox - Morning News (weekday mornings from 5:30-9 a.m.)
  • + Cara Fullerton - Noon News Hour (weekdays at noon); also Morning News reporter and fill-in anchor
  • TBD - Evening News (weekends at 6 p.m.) and News Final (weekends at 11 p.m.)
  • + Linda Olsen - Early News (weeknights at 5 p.m.)
  • Stefanie Dunn - News Hour (weeknights at 6 p.m.) and News Final (weeknights at 11 p.m.)

Weather team

  • + Carla Bosacki - weather specialist; Evening News and News Final (weekends at 6 and 11 p.m.)
  • + Paul Dunphy (CMOS-endorsed weathercaster) - meteorologist; Early News (weeknights at 5 p.m.)
  • + Jordan Witzel - meteorologist; Morning News (weekday mornings from 5:30-9 a.m.) and Noon News Hour (weekdays at noon)

Sports team

  • Paul Kingsmith - sports director/anchor; News Hour (weeknights at 6 p.m.) and News Final (weeknights at 11 p.m.)
  • Matt Battochio - sports reporter/anchor; Evening News (weekends at 6 p.m.) and News Final (weekends at 11 p.m.)

Traffic

  • + Leslie Horton - Morning News (weekday mornings from 5:30-9 a.m.) and Noon News Hour (weekdays at noon)
  • + Jim King - Early News (weekdays at 5 p.m.)
  • + Pauline Rees - "Global 1" traffic reporter; Morning News (weekday mornings from 5:30-9 a.m.)

Reporters

  • Quinn Campbell - general assignment reporter
  • + Tomasia DaSilva - CICT-TV business reporter
  • Stefanie Dunn - general assignment reporter
  • Ian McDonald - agribusiness reporter
  • Kimberly Tams - general assignment reporter
  • + Heather Yourex - CICT-TV Health FYI reporter

Notable former on-air staff[edit]

  • Tom Roulston
  • Mark Campbell
  • Elisha Rasmussen
  • Teri Fikowski
  • Marty Baceda (co-owner of Amplosport)
  • Danelle Boivin (now at CKCK-DT in Regina)
  • Dallas Flexhaug (now at CICT-DT in Calgary)
  • Shannon Greer (now at CITV-DT in Edmonton)
  • Holly Horton (now co-host of TSN's SportsCentre)
  • Mike McKinnon (now at CFRE-DT in Regina)
  • Tracy Nagai (now at CICT-DT in Calgary)
  • Quinn Ohler (now at CITV-DT in Edmonton)
  • Vinesh Pratap (now at CITV-DT in Edmonton)
  • Jackson Proskow (now at CIII-DT in Toronto)
  • Brenna Rose (now at CFRN-DT in Edmonton)
  • Amber Schinkel (now at CICT-DT in Calgary)
  • Robin Stickley (now at Global National in Washington, D.C.)
  • Heather Yourex (now at CICT-DT in Calgary)

Digital television[edit]

Digital channel[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[5]
7.1 1080i 16:9 CISA-DT Main CISA-DT programming / Global

Analogue-to-digital conversion[edit]

On July 27, 2011, one month before Canadian television stations in CRTC-designated mandatory markets transitioned from analogue to digital broadcasts, the station shut down its Lethbridge analog transmitter and flash cut to digital, becoming the first television station in Southern Alberta to convert to digital. The station's digital signal remained on VHF channel 7.[6][7]

Transmitters[edit]

The following translators will continue to offer the analog signal after CISA's main Lethbridge transmitter is converted to digital.

Alberta translators[edit]

Station City of licence Channel ERP HAAT Transmitter Coordinates
CISA-TV-1 Burmis 3 (VHF) 0.409 kW 128 m 49°31′54″N 114°11′41″W / 49.53167°N 114.19472°W / 49.53167; -114.19472 (CISA-TV-1)
CISA-TV-2 Brooks 3 (VHF) 0.01 kW NA 50°32′3″N 111°55′0″W / 50.53417°N 111.91667°W / 50.53417; -111.91667 (CISA-TV-2)
CISA-TV-3 Coleman 12 (VHF) 0.01 kW NA 49°34′39″N 114°30′6″W / 49.57750°N 114.50167°W / 49.57750; -114.50167 (CISA-TV-3)
CISA-TV-4 Waterton Park 12 (VHF) 0.001 kW NA 49°3′32″N 113°54′23″W / 49.05889°N 113.90639°W / 49.05889; -113.90639 (CISA-TV-4)
CISA-TV-5 Pincher Creek 9 (VHF) 0.001 kW NA 49°28′48″N 113°58′1″W / 49.48000°N 113.96694°W / 49.48000; -113.96694 (CISA-TV-5)

Montana translators[edit]

(All transmitters in Montana are owned either by local governments or television associations.)

Station City of licence Channel ERP
K24KU-D Chinook 24 0.07 kW
K63AQ Sweetgrass 63 0.24 kW
K36DK-D Joplin 36 0.41 kW

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